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Empowering Our Communities to Redesign: Is Incineration Compatible with Recycling?

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The answer is “no”.

According to a new report from Zero Waste Europe, “Deliver or pay”, or how waste incineration causes recycling to slow down.”

Municipalities (in Italy) had implemented a door-to-door separate collection scheme in line with European Waste Framework Directive in order to meet national recycling targets of 65%. Separate collection in the municipalities had therefore reduced the amount of dry waste below the minimum of 10 000 tons per year – the minimum quantity stated in the contracts. In response, the plant management demanded a total of 13 million Euros to be paid by the municipalities, which started a legal war between the years of 2010 to 2015. The municipalities, trapped in a lose-lose situation, ended up paying 5 million Euros of fines due to their unfulfilled contractual obligations, just because they had successfully implemented separate collection of waste.

Such cases are increasingly common around Europe, and especially in the United Kingdom.

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